The Shooters Den
3054 W New Haven Ave, Melbourne, FL 32904
We carry an extensive line of firearms for the beginner shooter to the advanced. We stock firearms for even left handed shooters.
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I have never had such an odd experience as I had in this store. Was there at 10;45 on Thursday, Oct 23 2014, and after my experience I believe that this should be a internet only store. I walked in, was never acknowledged at any point and was alone in the front of the store. I walked around the front part of the store for 10 minutes, then decided to walk into the back half and see if it was abandoned. There were two guys , looked to be over middle age, at a desk in the back with their backs to the store, one was on the computer while the other one was giving him moral support. I walked by them twice while looking at small bore rifles and still was never acknowledged, as a matter of fact in 15 minutes they neither turned around , said hello, or offered any help. ( I was the only one in the store), after standing in front of the handguns ( I had a question to ask) for another 5 minutes I finally decided to leave. I walked out, but held the door slightly open as I left to look back in, Yup they were still at the back of their store with their back to me, and still not so much as a peep. So I drove to Melbourne, to a gun store on Wickham and found a very nice store owner who helped me and I purchased a new handgun that day. Maybe ignoring a single sale wont hurt this store, but if that's the case.... why would anyone want to shop there ? If I want to watch two old guys drinking coffee, I go to Wickham Park, not to a gun shop.
If you are concealed weapons permit holder and are carrying, you will be asked to disarm before going into this store. This makes no sense to me. Obviously, they can run their business however they would like but I don't think it's a good idea to alienate (what could be) a large part of your customer base.
There are a couple of reasons why this policy makes no sense:
1.) As a concealed weapons permit holder, one must pass background checks and prove that they are not and never have been, a criminal.
2.) Concealed means CONCEALED. Were it not for my honesty, no one would have ever known I even had a weapon on me. The salesperson mentioned something about almost being accidentally shot but then if some idiot pulled out his concealed gun, it wouldn't have been concealed anymore, would it?
3.) By asking people to disarm, the shop and its employees are basically asking you to put your trust in them to protect you in the unlikely event someone were to walk in and rob the place. No offense to anyone who works in that shop but I trust me.
The shop looks nice and the people seem nice. I can't speak to their prices because I didn't last in there that long but I'll not spend money in a place that does not want me. This policy is wrong and should be reconsidered. Now, more than ever, all gun owners must stand together and when we are demonizing others within our own group it just gives more leverage to those that are working hard to take our rights away from us. Concealed carry should be encouraged but it should also remain concealed - don't alienate your customers!!!!
We had to change our policy about carrying loaded firearms after we had not one but TWO people have accidental discharges from their weapons! We only ask that you take the magazine out and make sure there is not a round in the chamber. It is funny that Police officers off duty don't complain about this only civilians.
I am so tired of places like the shooters den jacking up the prices on things due to a tragedy it's nothing but pure GREED and I for one think it's in really poor taste to double and triple your prices because of the tragedy in Connecticut I can't believe the owners are trying to fatten there wallets when hundreds of families are destroyed
I beg the pardon of the YPmobile, as they really have no idea of current ammo prices. Our ammo prices are limited to our standard mark up that currently is well under 35% over cost. It is our position that when other shops do not have ammo, and our wholesale vendors do not have ammo; we go to extreme measures to get ammo for our customers. Lately we have to pay premium prices in order to provide ammo.
Debbie, Mike, and The Shooters Den staff are all absolutely amazing. Thank you for your time, advice, and care with my rifle and scope purchase - a truly personal and enjoyable experience. Great store, people, and prices - looking forward to coming in for future purchases!
This is the best place to shop! Eventhough i am an novice they never made me feel stupid. They are so polite and kind and very knowledgable. They take their time to explain the product to you. They are very light hearted and have a great sense of humor. I made a mistake on my paper work and they were so kind about it. I came back in and they made a simple fix all the while apologizing as if it was their fault. I will shop no where else. All I can say id thank you very much. I always feel better leaving your store than when I came in. I love a good laugh. Please keep up the good work. Thank you!
This is the best place around to shop for a gun and ammo!! The prices are very reasonable and for the staff, well you cannot ask for more polite and respectful employees and owners. We have bought several guns and so have other members of my family and lots of family friends. They all said the same thing prices are great and servce is outstanding. They also help with gun repair, a family friend was well pleased with the service that they received. Not to mention that you can walk through the store freely and handle any gun you want. It is a one of a kind Gun Store. Thanks Mike and Debbie and your awesome employees for great service and a great experience in shopping for weapons.
A Loyal and Faithful Customer for Life,
I've been into Shooters Den on more then one occasion and I have to say the place is a waste of time. While the owners are nice and the staff fairly pleasant, their prices are flat out obscene. He can often be heard touting "discounts" for one item or another, but don't believe it, its flat out bull crap, sadly enough. As of today, 3 August 2012, he's got a Colt LE6920 retailing for over 1500.00, a KAC SR15 Mod 0 he's attempting to get for over 2,300.00(A mod 0 won't be found on the KAC website as it's an older rifle, not the E3 variant you'll find), an Arsenal SGL21 non-folder for 1,200.00 (I bought mine last year for 499.00, Thanks, K-Var Inc), and if your not convinced yet, just look at his ammo. ROFL. I almost spoke up but it wouldn't do any good. If you want "fair" prices, take a gander at his Federal Red Box 9mm 115 grain FMJ's..... 50 rounds for.....22.00 bucks. Almost twice the price of every surrounding store. Don't worry though. If you go in, I have no doubt you'll be offered some sort of discount (Thats actually lubricant being slathered on your rectum). Mike, your a personable guy but start giving folks a fair shake. I simply cannot afford to patronize you when you do this stuff. I can literally buy my ammunition from you local competition, resell it, and still be under 22.00 dollars a box. The "I'm a storefront, I've got overhead" excuse doesn't do it for me, Theres close to a half-dozen gunshops in the area, your the most expensive. :/
Tom, You forgot to mention that each of the guns that you listed as being over priced (and I agree) are NOT the Shooters Den stock but CONSIGNMENT Guns from other customers that I have no control over their pricing. Each consignment gun is appropriately tagged with tags that Do NOT even resemble our tags. AS for the ammo sorry, but, it is what it is, every business is entitled to have a reasonable profit on its items. We choose to sell OUR guns at a lower percentage & try to keep the ammo within the national average, but we can not compete with WALMART on AMMO prices. Overhead and profit varies for everything, but we gotta keep the lights on.
One of the most unique gun stores in Florida, best prices, and best customer service! If you need a gun go to shooters den! They have the most knowledgeable staff and they're able to find the right gun for you'r needs! The shooters den is unlike any other gun store you will ever walk into, Its so welcoming i bring my lunch and eat there every day. And not to mention the gunsmith they have on site can fix almost anything, And their ar15 armorer is great! In conclusion it's the only place i'll go for my weapons needs! If you get a chance stop by and see for yourself, You wont be disappointed you did!
You will not find a better place to buy a firearm. The staff is exceptionally knowledgeable and honest. I always feel at home there. Never ever pressured to buy anything and was always shot straight(no pun intended). I wont shop anywhere else. Mike and Debbie care about their customers and their community and will take you shooting. As for negative feedback I cant see where anyone could get that.